Hey all! It’s me again! I hope you’re all having fabulous summers and that you all have a friend with a pool. ;) Yep…I’ve been woefully absent again, but there are a few fun things on the way, friends!
First off, stay tuned for a SUPER AWESOME promotion I’m about to unfurl upon the refashionsphere next month.
Secondly, I’ve been working like crazy at my day job to get an amazing project off the ground that I don’t doubt you guys are going to LOVE (maybe more than this blog). Hint: It have everything to do with Thrift Culture and it’s coming in August. ;)
Thirdly, There’s a redesign in the works for this lil blog, so if things start looking weird, don’t freak out! :)
Okay…back to the refashioning!
I was suuuuuper excited to discover this polyester dress with an amazing floral print in a recent thrifting venture!
Can we all let out a collective “Yikes!” for that ruffly collar? With such a busy print, it doesn’t quite fit, does it? And those ruffle-bottomed sleeves weren’t going to cut it in 100 degree SC weather. It’s also waaay too long for my short lil self.
Let the removal of extremities begin! First, I picked off the sleeves with my seam ripper.
Pick. Pick. Pick.
Then, I cut off the ruffly collar, leaving about 1/2 an inch or so behind.
This left me with these guys:
Okay. This pattern combination is hurting my eyes.
I got to work pinning those raw edges under/stitching them down. First, the arm holes…
Then, the neck hole!
Do you see why I didn’t use my seam ripper to remove the ruffly bit now? By leaving enough left over to fold down on the inside, my neckline would look just fine. Since the fabric of this dress is of the non-fraying variety, this trick works. Of course the inside isn’t as pretty as it could be, but nobody gots to know that, amirite? ;)
I wasn’t happy with how the top of my new dress fit me, so I took it in just a smidge.
…just a lil bit!
I cut off that extra material from the sides, then trimmed a bit off the bottom.
Once again, this fabric won’t fray, so I didn’t mess with hemming the bottom.
For my final trick, I grabbed those sleeves and cut off the rounded shoulder bits.
Can you guess where I’m going with this?
I stitched the sleeves together, and had an instant sash with nice ruffly details on the ends! :)
I must admit, I’m pretty thrilled with this one, guys.
And it has POCKETS!!!
Seriously…I think this dress looks like it stepped out of an Anthropologie store, but instead of costing $100+, it was just $1! :)
I wore my new frock to Trustus Theatre to review their new production of Dreamgirls!
Trustus’ Excecutive Director, Larry Hembree couldn’t resist a quick photo op!
One day he’ll come out of his shell…;)
Erin and I had a great evening!
It can’t be dreamy all the time, ladies.
Sometimes I find AMAZING things in my thrifting adventures that require no refashioning, but I still want to brag about them. :)
Take this sweet mini-haul I procured for $3:
Those copper mugs will be housing moscow mules (my favorite cocktail of the moment) oh so very soon.
Not bad for $1, eh?
No alterations required! I paired them with a black shell I’ve had for over a decade and my sweet leopard-print booties.
When I looked at the label of my new trousers, I was intrigued.
USA! USA! USA!
I found this website that told me a great story about Stephanie and Joe Koret, the Trikskirt, and Slim Hip Slax (are these yellow pants those very slacks…er…slax?). Stephanie designed Koret’s clothing and within two years, they made 2 MILLION dollars.
Pretty impressive for the 1930’s.
While Joe and Stephanie have since passed away, the Koret brand is still around, known today as Jax under the Kellwood Corporation.
I wore my new slacks…er…slax to lunch, where the waitress high-fived me when she found out I bought them for one lil dollar. :)
Hey guys! After my totally unannounced break, I’m back! So…what’s up with my crazy long absence from ReFashionista? I don’t know what else to say except that I’ve been doing this blog for 5 years and just wanted to take a break from being The ReFashionista and just be plain ol’ Jillian for a bit.
Another big change that happened recently is that for the first time in my life I have a creative job. Before that, ReFashionista.net was my one escape and my outlet. It was the place where after spending 8 hours doing really fantastically boring stuff that I got to have fun. Now I’m happy to say my actual day job is really fun!
Also, I just got out of the routine. This blog actually took a lot of time and energy (not a bad thing by any means), but in the moving process, I just sort of fell out of it.
But c’mon! It’s time for a refashion! :D I found this awesome springy $1 Muumuu and knuuknuu (harhar) it would be great for a relaxing afternoon with friends!
Oh hai! Welcome to my new place!
Of course this frock wasn’t without its issues. It had a few weird stains on it that didn’t come out in the wash (more on that later), It’s obviously too big for me, and as temps have gotten nice & warm, I wasn’t feeling the sleeveage. But isn’t that print fabulous? And I really liked the neckline too!
To get started, I grabbed my seam ripper and started de-sleeving.
Pick. Pick. Pick.
Next, I closed up those raw edges…
Next, a bit of fitting was in order! I was happy to see that those stubborn stains would no longer be an issue, as I’d be able to just sew them off. :)
See? Soon they’ll be a thing of the past!
Each side got taken in…
Just a couple more whirrrrs, folks!
And that’s it! My first refashion in over a month is now complete!
I styled my new frock with an awesome bag I thrifted for $2.00, one of my many giant pairs of shades, a necklace that used to be my grandmother’s, and my comfy Sperrys. :)
This dress had a LOT of fun!
Just meandering downtown…like ya do.
We’re all good!
So…in case you were worried, don’t be! ReFashionista is officially back in action!